On the evening of Friday 30th November 2018 the masters of Lodge Kirknewton and Ratho no 85 Bro Mark Nevin, Lodge Kirkliston Maitland no 482 Bro Gordon Yeoman and Lodge St Margaret no 548 worked the 'RATHKIRKFERRY' degree. A second degree conferred on Bro Euan Campbell of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland no 482. It is the first time the degree has been carried out since 1990 when it was last held by Lodge Kirkliston Maitland no 482, Bro John Anderson RWM 548 being the candidate on that evening. It was a very historical evening for all 3 lodges cementing the already close ties of the 3 lodges together.
Both Bro Gordon Yeoman and Bro John Anderson are honorary members of Lodge Kirknewton and Rath no 85 which made the evening that little more special.
We received deputations from Lodge Kirkliston Maitland no 482, Lodge St Margaret no548, Lodge Tay and Lyon no 276, Lodge St Andrews Livingston Station no 1587 and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Linlithgowshire.
A cheque was presented to the lodge by RWM of Lodge Tay and Lyon no 276 Bro Mike Carry for the Sum of £276.00 to show their gratitude to RWM Bro Mark Nevin for helping them update their Past Masters Board at very short notice for their bi-centenary celebrations.
ST ANDREWS DAY HARMONY
At the conclusion of the meeting the brethren were treated to a lovely bowl of Scotch Broth kindly made by Mrs Margret Ann Potter, wife of Past Master Bro Bob Potter. Everyone was then thoroughly entertained by our talented list of artists with their Scottish Harmony Coordinated by stand Director of Music, Past Master Bro Bob Scott .
On Friday 9th November we had the pleasure of welcoming a fantastic delegation from several lodges in Germany. The most senior brother of the delegation is Bro. Dr. Michael Ammen, RWM Wilhelm zum silbernen Anker, No.454 in Wilhelmshaven. The brethren were entertained by the office bearers Initiating one gentleman into the mysteries and privileges of Ancient Freemasonry. Followed by some of our famous hospitality at our Harmony Board.
On Friday 9th November 2018, we had the Honour to bestow Honorary Membership upon Bro William Alexander Innes IPM Caledonian Lodge no392. Bro Innes has for a number of years always worked away in the background for this lodge and supported our Lodge and a great deal of its Brethren. On the same evening a very large and distinguished deputation from The Caledonian Lodge no 392 headed by their own RWM Bro John Baird came along to Support Bro Innes on what was a very memorable evening for all concerned.
Saturday 6th October - Annual Dinner Dance
Thank you to all who attended and supported our annual dinner dance at Ratho Park Golf Club which was a fantastic evening. Excellent food and company along with a bumper raffle raising £463.00 for charity made the evening a great success.
Thank you to Bro Alan Borsby of Lodge St John Stoneyburn 1186 for supplying the entertainment on the evening.
Looking forward to next year already
Another great day for LKR85 when RWM, brethren and friends took a wee boat trip on the Seagull Trust barges for a cowboy and indians themed charity day out. A few games, raffle and general mayhem saw us raise a fantastic £500 for our local charity. David Meiras the head honcho of The Seagull Trust Barge was very gracious in his praise when gratefully accepting the Lodge's generosity from rwm Bro. Kenneth McMaster. Thanks to all the volunteers who give their time to this most worthy cause. And grateful thanks to all who attended on the day and to those who donated to the raffle. More pics here.
Congratulations to our IPM Bro. Alan Banks on taking part in a 3rd degree at Polmont 793, worked by Past Masters of his mother Lodge, Polmont 793. Although not a past master of Polmont, as our IPM he was more than qualified to assist when asked. Chairing the degree was Bro. Alex Muir pm and was well received by the 117 brethren who signed the tyle.
Brethren from Kirknewton & Ratho 85, Kirkliston Maitland 482 and St Margaret 548 visited St Osyth's Priory Lodge 2063 English Constitution and all 14 took part in working a demonstration 1st Degree, which was very well received.
Back row left to right: Davy Watt WJW 85, John Anderson SM 548, Willie Reddington Treas 482, Richard Buffery DM 548, Les Duff DOC 482, Johnathon Hazelton SD 548, Bob Hawkings WJW 548, Jack McLeod HM 85, Murrie Thomson Sec 482, Alan Banks IPM 85.
Front row left to right: Glen Brown IPM 482, Kenny McMaster RWM 85, Gordon Yeoman RWM 482, Trevor Cronin RWM 548, Paul Giles WM 2063.
What do you do to celebrate 70 years in Freemasonry when the Brother is unable to attend his lodge ------ you take the lodge to him and on the 8th of March 2017 the Brethren of Lodge Kirknewton and Ratho did just that!
Brother George Tyler celebrated 70 years in Freemasonry on the 10th of January 2017 and now resides in the North Merchiston Care Home. As he is unable to travel we thought of going to the Care Home to celebrate with George. When the idea was raised with the Care Home they could have not been more supportive, indeed when the date was decided and the news leaked out, we had many request to be in attendance. Unfortunately the room available would only allow 25 members, at a push; therefore we had to be very strict on the numbers attending.
When the numbers of Ratho Brethren were decided, George’s other lodge, The Lodge of Light No. 1656, where he was a Founder Member and Master in 1995, were allocated places with the remainder going to Honorary Members of 85.
The Lodge was opened and several apologies were received, correspondence was in the form of a letter from our Grand Master Mason congratulating Brother Tyler on this great achievement.
A second degree was demonstrated with Honorary Member Brother John Anderson, SM 548 acting as candidate.
Thereafter our traditional Harmony took place with PM. Brother Bob Potter proposing the toast to our principal guest of the evening. (Read his toast here)
Brother Ian Brown Past Master, spoke on behalf of The Lodge of Light No. 1656 with a very obvious respect and friendship for Brother Tyler with many happy and humorous reflections of their time together in freemasonry.
Brother Gordon Yeoman, Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland No. 482 then spoke on behalf of all Honorary Members present and as is Brother Yeoman’s gift, spoke with great humour and insight to the evening’s proceedings.
Brother George Tyler then responded, recalling many stories and events over his70 years in Freemasonry with sincerity and humour and when you consider he is 92 years of age, it could have been a man of half his age. He finished by saying “ We should do this again as I expect to live to 192, out living most of you”
I cannot speak too highly of the help and assistance I received from Mr John Tyler George’s son, for liaising with the care home and making sure George was well prepared. The staff from the Care Home for making our visit so special, providing tea and coffee, even having the door windows “Blacked out” for our arrival, obviously a masonic husband in the background somewhere.
On the evening a collection was taken which will result in £200 being donated to the Care Home Comfort Fund.
A great night was completed as I walked George back to his room, struggling into his jacket pocket he handed me an envelope, when I got home and opened it, it was a thank you card for his great night. The mark of the man and the mason.
Below is Bro. George Tyler receiving his distinguished Service Diploma from rwm Bro. Kenneth McMaster. More pics can be found in our photo page.